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Welcome to our 2022 willow weaving programme. From April through to October 2022 we will be providing one , two and three day basketry and sculpture workshops. We also offer a Tuesday class for those of you wishing to work on projects of your choice and develop your practice, there is a discount available for these workshops.

This year we are delighted to be hosting Francoise Desplanches, Peter Dibble and Maggie Smith whose work we have greatly admired for a long time and also for a second year leather craftsman, Justin Capp. It is a privilege to work and teach at The Old Brewery Studios and have the opportunity to share the space with such inspiring professional craftspeople. 

As usual workshops are suitable for beginners, improvers and advanced students, except Francois, Peter and Maggie's workshops which require previous experience in basketry.

On sale we have traditional and contemporary baskets, sculpture kits, basketry books and tools.

To book a place on a workshop email 

To secure your place we ask for a full payment for the workshop. You can pay by bank transfer (details provided by email) or by cheque. Once booked, you will receive a letter with details about your workshop.

If you want to pay by cheque, pop it in the post along with a booking form

Refunds are only available if cancellations occur two weeks before the date of the workshop

We also have gift vouchers available for Christmas and Birthdays, please email for details.

Our workshops are now full this year. If you are searching for a workshop, try The Basketmakers Association website and also Craft Courses website where you can find a list of basketmakers who are teaching a variety of workshops. You can also join our reserve list and if we have any cancellations we can offer you a space. 

Next years workshops will be advertised on here on November 1st 2022.


Covid health and safety guidelines for workshops.

* Maximum of 6 students per workshop. Each student will have their own personal socially distanced work area and bench.

* We advise that students wear face shields or masks during the workshops when walking around the room or being taught one to one by your tutor. You can remove masks when working alone at your bench . Masks are now no longer compulsory, so we leave the decision to wear a mask up to you. 

* Work areas, tools and equipment will be deep cleaned before and after each class. If you have your own tools, please bring them along.

*We have hand sanitiser and hand washing facilities available for use throughout the workshop. 

* Doors are left open throughout the day to allow air to circulate freely around the room, so it's advised that you bring warm clothes !

mixed plant supports


Each class has a specific technique for you to learn. Projects are seasonal and willow is specifically selected for these different projects. Willow used is from the Somerset Levels and grown organically here in King's Cliffe.  Learn how to select and prepare willow when making these structures. Cost is £90 per day, includes materials, bring your own lunch. 10am - 4.30pm


Monday 16th May Full

Monday 23rd May Full

There are a variety of structures to make for your garden. You can either make 2 willow plant supports in one day. You can choose to make the beginners 'banded' support which can range from 4'-6' tall. Or the more advanced 'spiral' support, or you can make smaller supports for pots. There are also domed cloches to support peonies or delphiniums. Plus you can also make ornamental dragonflies and bird feeding houses.


Monday 25th April Full

Monday 20th June Full

Monday 27th June Full

These contemporary style baskets originate from a design created by Polish Basketmaker, Stanislaw Dziubak . As a beginner you can make one of these baskets in a day. The beautiful border is easier than it looks and the end results are stunning.


Monday 25th July Full

A beautiful contemporary style basket, this time finished with a hazel stick coppiced from a local working woodland, by Carolyn Church and Hugh Ross. The hazel's bark compliments the willow beautifully. Contains a number of traditional basketry techniques, suitable for complete beginners.


Monday 5th September Full

A simple shallow basket which can be used for serving bread or fruit, woven with a variety of coloured willows grown here in King's Cliffe. When not in use looks attractive hung on a wall. Beginners make banded patterns of colour and intermediates can increase base stakes and learn the French randed spiral pattern and apply a 6 rod border. Suitable for complete beginners.


Monday 24th October  Full

You can expect to go home with a handful of beautiful willow decorations for your home and garden. Over the years we have gathered together a variety of our favourite Christmas designs such as Scandinavian style stars, wreaths, spheres, tiny reindeer's for your tree and small Christmas trees. 


Spend two days submerged in basketmaking! Use a variety of Somerset willows and King’s Cliffe willows to make traditional or contemporary baskets. For example, beginners can make a small round basket with a handle, while intermediate/advanced students can make log baskets or practice oval or square work with more advanced techniques such as partitions, lids, handles or fastenings. Or you may wish to replicate an old treasured basket, or experiment with ideas for new designs.

Cost £180 includes materials, tea and coffee. 10 am till 4.30pm.

Thursday 23rd and Friday 24th June Full

Thursday 29th and Friday 30th September Full

NEW DATE Thursday 13th and Friday 14th October Full

Thursday 20th and Friday 21st October Full


Spend two creative days weaving a large or small sale sculpture of your choice. You can work on figurative or non-figurative pieces for your home or garden.

Learn how to build a framework over a metal armature and weave using the interlace technique. Practice using willow effectively to build form and fluid surface textures.

Cost £180 , includes willow , does not include metal frame.

Order your frame in advance of the workshop when you you book a place.

If you want to use a frame , prices are as follows:

Large frame (stag or deer), £15.00

Medium frame , (sheep or goat) £10.00

Complex frames, (leaping hare in stand, fox) £18.00

Bird frame in stand, ( heron, goose, pheasant), £15.00

Thursday 21st and Friday 22nd July Full

Thursday 1st and Friday 2nd September  one space available

stag close up
deer sculpture

We are delighted to have local leather craftsman, Justin Capp , join us again this year after the success of last year's workshops. Over lockdown 2020  we collaborated designing and creating a range of willow and leather handbags. The Plum and Plaited Plum are perfect for a day out to carry your water bottle, phone and snack. The small oval tote, has the ingenious threaded leather handle. Learn how to weave a small oval (intermediates) or round (beginners) plum handbag on the first day and then on the second day add leather handles to your basket. Techniques include cutting, edge bevelling, burnishing, the mystery braid (for the plaited plum) and copper saddler's rivets.

Cost £180 per person , includes materials and refreshments.

Thursday 5th and Friday 6th May Full


This year we are thrilled to be hosting workshops by some of Europe's leading basketmakers . Francois Desplanches from France, Peter Dibble from Norfolk and Maggie Smith from Northampton. Francois's workshop is already full, but we have a reserve list and if any cancellations occur we can contact you.

In the future we aim to continue inviting prestigious basketmakers to our workshop to offer you the opportunity to weave with the finest craftspeople and design makers from Europe. Many of these workshops will be aimed at intermediate to advanced makers, the skills level of the workshop will be made clear when advertised. 

Contemporary Bark Baskets with Maggie Smith

Wednesday 15th, Thursday 16th and Friday 17th June one space available

You need to have experience and confidence with basketmaking, so unfortunately this workshop is not suitable for beginners.

Cost £270 , includes materials

The course is for all who want to enjoy the pleasure of harvesting and working with willow bark, each student progressing from their own individual skill level. You will have the opportunity to try several different methods of stripping willow bark and explore the resulting different qualities of bark and their possibilities. Students will be able to share Maggie's extensive experience of working and experimenting with bark and develop their own creative ideas and skills to make their own projects with their harvest.

A selection of books and examples of Maggie's own work will be at hand to inform and inspire you. Each student will have an allocation of fresh willow rods to strip and a larger piece of pre-stripped bark.

Oval Shopper with Peter Dibble

Thursday 14th and Friday 15th July Full

To attend this workshop you need to have made a few round baskets and have the physical strength and flexibility to weave an underfoot base. This base is made on the floor, under your feet,  so we recommend you avoid a big breakfast!

Cost £180 materials included

This basket is made using a range of basketry techniques. You'll learn how to make an underfoot oval base and how to use a variety of weaves such as wailing to set the shape, English randing to to create texture and packing to alter the height of the basket. The basket is finished off with a wrapped handle which is tied off with a herringbone detail. There will be plenty of colourful barked willow to use, so how your basket looks is in your hands.

Justin and baskets
threaded lether
Maggie Smith image 1
Maggie Smith image 2
Peter Dibble image 2
Peter Dibble image 1


These three day workshops are created so that you can spend time working on a project of your choice. You may wish to improve on a technique by repeating a certain basket or weave or you could remake a favourite basket. If you are a beginner you can relax and weave at a slower pace on a traditional or contemporary basket. Intermediate or advanced weavers may wish to use the opportunity to try a more challenging technique.

Alternatively, you can concentrate on sculpture or structures for your garden. I can help you with designs or you may be inspired by an item at the workshop.

There is a maximum of 6 students on the course. I can provide details of local guest houses. We start at 10 am and finish at 4.30pm.

Cost £270 per person. Materials are not included in the cost of the workshop, on average materials costs can range between £15 and £30.

Summer School 27th, 28th and 29th July Full

Autumn School 26th , 27th and 28th October Full


Come along to one or a set of three Tuesday workshops, held one day a month between April and October. They are open workshops, so you can work on any project of your choice. If you have booked 3 Tuesdays in a row you may wish to work on a larger basket or something more complex to complete in the three weeks.

Cost £90 per day, or book 3 Tuesdays in a block for £225 . Includes materials and refreshments, bring your own lunch. 10am – 4.30pm

Tuesday 28th June Full

Tuesday 19th July Full

NEW DATE Tuesday 26th July Full

Tuesday 6th September Full

Tuesday 18th October Full

workshop student making



New workshop dates for 2023 will be on the workshop page on 1st Nov.

We do have cancelations occurring regularly throughout the year, if you would like to join our reserve list, send an email and we will contact you to let you know if there are last minute spaces on workshops. 

We currently have a space available on the sculpture workshop

1st and 2nd September .


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